For a while now, the Three Taverns tasting room, dubbed The Parlour, has been a place to test out new beers on draft that sometimes later show up on the shelves at retail outlets.
By popular demand, the latest can offering, Lord Grey, a tart ale with Earl Grey tea from the Sour Asylum Series, is a good example of that process.
“It’s been a favorite of our staff and the folks in The Parlour for quite some time,” says the Decatur brewery's founder and CEO, Brian Purcell.
And with that recommendation, Lord Grey is this week’s Beer Pick.
Three Taverns Brewery, Decatur
Available on draft and in six-pack cans.
Taking a cue from the folks at The Porter Beer Bar, the Three Taverns brewing team worked out a sour beer recipe with the addition of Earl Grey tea leaves.
The result is a crisp, easy-drinking tart ale with herbal flavors and aromas and that characteristic English tea’s touch of bergamot orange. And the can design from Metaleap Creative is pretty cool, too.
With its tart presence and herbal aromas and flavors, Lord Grey could serve as an elegant aperitif, or make a good match with lighter lunch or brunch dishes, including salads, seafood, sushi, or a goat cheese and wild mushroom omelet.